In late October 2015 we ran a quiz night for the Human & Hope Association in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We raised a total of US$1075 and had a blast doing it!
The money we fundraised has gone towards helping fund Phat Phyrom, the librarian at HHA, to study how to use basic computer programs.
About Phat Phyrom:
“My name is Phat Phyrom. I was born in Pouk District, Siem Reap Province. I have one brother and three sisters, and I am the middle child. My father is a farmer and my mother is a housewife. I graduated from a Bachelor of Law from Build Bright University in 2014. In the past I worked as a cashier and a receptionist.
I like working at HHA because I like the children here. I want to share my knowledge with them. I like talking with them because they are funny and give me good memories. I especially love getting smiles from them. They make me happy when I speak with them and teach them in class and in the library.”
HHA is a locally registered grassroots NGO committed to empowering Cambodians to create a sustainable future for themselves by providing education, vocational training and community support for our villagers in Siem Reap.
The Human and Hope Association came about in March 2011 when a group of villagers saw an absence of education in their commune. This group of locals decided to teach English to community members at a small fee of 50 cents per student each month in order to cover their costs. Over the next 18 months, the volunteer team recruited students through word of mouth, posting announcements at the local Primary School and gaining the support of the Monks who preached to the community.
In October 2012, an Australian living in Siem Reap was introduced to the team through her best friend who volunteered there, and seeing how motivated the Khmer volunteers were, started working as Operations Manager with the goal to initiate new projects, support the team with new skills and ensure a sustainable future for the organisation.
In October 2014 we built our own school and moved 4km further into a more rural commune. We now focus on education, vocational training and community support. We provide English, Living Values, Preschool, Khmer, Art, Library and Movie Club. We teach a four month Sewing Program to students classified as Poor Level One, Two and Three and have a home sewing business. We assist the community with our Microfinance Program, Family Farm Program and community outreach. We provide University Scholarships and Further Education Scholarships to our staff, and run weekly capacity building workshops for them.
We have stopped the foreign volunteer program, and instead focus on a Khmer volunteer program in order to capacity build and empower our locals. Our land rental contract is until 2029, when we will then disband. This is because we know that if we are truly being effective in our approach to development, our community will no longer require our projects by that time. We are essentially working ourselves out of a job, and are proud of it.